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O.R. Inside Satnav

Satellite navigation systems in vehicles allow the driver to enter destination details into a small on-board computer that calculates the optimum route. In just a few seconds, the route is downloaded and clear verbal turn by turn instructions are provided throughout the journey and a route map is also displayed.

The more sophisticated systems constantly monitor the journey and provide the driver with delays and instantly recalculate the new optimum route. Sat nav systems work by having O.R. Inside: they use optimisation algorithms and heuristic techniques to calculate routes along known highways.

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